Megan K. Zirnstein The University of Memphis 202 Psychology Building Memphis, TN 38152 901-678-2364 (Office) 901-678-2579 (Fax) 149 Windover Rd. #9 Memphis, TN 38111 901-288-9208 (Mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION 2002 – 2007 The University of Memphis Memphis, TN Degree: Bachelor of Arts Major: Psychology Minor: Music GPA: Overall (3.85), Major (3.74) Honors: Undergraduate Research Scholar University Honors with Thesis Psychology Honors Summa cum Laude Thesis: Online Processing of Music and Text Thesis Advisor: Dr. Max M. Louwerse Second Reader: Dr. Danielle S. McNamara RESEARCH INTERESTS Primary interests: cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, communication, prosody, gesture, eye tracking, language processing Other interests: music psychology, discourse processes, learning RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Research Volunteer (August 2005 – December 2005) Research Assistant (January 2006 – August 2007) MAD (Multiple Aspects of Discourse) Lab, Institute for Intelligent Systems, Psychology Department, University of Memphis http://madresearchlab.org Tracking Multimodal Communication in Humans and Agents http://madresearchlab.org/projects/iMAP.htm iMAP (Intelligent Map Task Agent) Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Research Experience for Undergraduate Students Grant. PI and Supervisor: Dr. Max M. Louwerse Responsibilities included running multiple experiments, running eye tracking, audio recording, and video recording equipment, participating in the development of multimodal coding schemes (particularly of gesture and facial expression), and contributing with data analyses (e.g., coding of communicative channels such as gesture, facial expression, and dialogue structure). Research Assistant (June 2006 – August 2006) CSEP (Center for Cognitive Science and Educational Practice) Lab, Institute for Intelligent Systems, Psychology Department, University of Memphis http://csep.psyc.memphis.edu/mcnamara/csep.htm iStart: Interactive Strategy Training for Active Reading and Thinking http://csep.psyc.memphis.edu/istart/front.htm Promoting active reading strategies to improve students’ understanding of science. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences. PI: Dr. Danielle S. McNamara Supervisor: Dr. Roger S. Taylor Responsibilities included amassing, transcribing, and organizing a corpus of science (physics and life science) texts for an all-encompassing text library to be used in future experiments with iStart. HONORS AND AWARDS 2006 2005 2002 – 2006 2003 & 2005 Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation, University Honors Program Honors Certificate, University Honors Program Dean’s List, College of Communication and Fine Arts/ College of Arts and Sciences Raymond Lynch Oboe Award, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music SCHOLARSHIPS 2002 – 2007 2002 – 2007 Early Scholars Scholarship recipient, University of Memphis School of Music Scholarship recipient, University of Memphis ORGANIZATIONS 2005 – 2007 2002 – 2007 Psychology Honors Program (PHP), University of Memphis University Honors Program (UHP), University of Memphis ACTIVITIES University of Memphis Wind Ensemble (2003 – 2007) Principal and second oboist; English horn University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra (2003 – 2007) Principal and second oboist; English horn SKILLS Intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Japanese. Proficiency in SPSS, E-Prime, Excel, PowerPoint, Keynote, Microsoft Word, recording and editing in Camtasia, editing in Virtual Dub and Audacity, transcribing and editing in Transana, analyzing video data in Anvil, recording and analyzing eye tracking data in SMI’s iView X and BeGaze, and web page design (some HTML experience). Can operate iView X RED Eye tracker and iView X Hi-Speed Eye tracker. PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS Refereed Published Conference Proceedings Lewis, G., Zirnstein, M., & Crocitto, D. (2006). Are pictures worth an infinite number of words? In Proceedings of the 20th Annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Asheville, North Carolina. Louwerse, M.M., McNamara, D.S., Graesser, A.C., Lewis, G. & Zirnstein, M. (2006). An eye for an eye, and for other modalities. In Silva, M. & Cox, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Workshop “What have eye movements told us so far, and what is next?” London, University College London. Zirnstein, M. (2007). Our Eyes as Musical and Textual Instruments: Online Processing of Music and Text. In Proceedings of the 21st Annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research, San Rafael, California. Refereed Conference Presentations Zirnstein, M. (April, 2007). Our eyes as Musical and Textual Instruments: Online Processing of Music and Text. Paper presented at the 21st Annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Dominican University, San Rafael, California. Zirnstein, M., Jeuniaux, P., & Louwerse, M. (November, 2006). Conversational Ambiguity: Conversational experience decreases referential ambiguity. Poster presented at the 52nd Anniversary Convention of the Tennessee Psychological Association, Undergraduate Poster Session. Nashville, Tennessee. Zirnstein, M. (October, 2006). Our Eyes as Musical and Textual Instruments: Online Processing of Music and Text. Paper presented at the Works in Progress Symposium. University of Memphis, Tennessee. Louwerse, M.M., Lewis, G., & Zirnstein, M. (August, 2006). It takes two. Categorizing Shakespeare using shared bigrams. Presentation at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature. Louwerse, M.M., Graesser, A.C., McNamara, D.S., Lewis, G. & Zirnstein, M. (July, 2006). An eye for an eye, and for other modalities. Paper presented at the Cognitive Science Workshop “What have eye movements told us so far, and what is next?” Louwerse, M.M., Benesh, N., Hoque, M.E., Jeuniaux, P., Lewis, G., & Zirnstein, M. (2007). Multimodal Communications in Face-to-Face Conversations. Poster presented at the Cognitive Science Workshop. Lewis, G., Zirnstein, M., & Crocitto, D. (April, 2006). Are pictures worth an infinite number of words? Inferring visual information from transcribed dialogue. Paper presented at the 20th Annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research. University of North Carolina in Asheville. Jeuniaux, P., Louwerse, M. M., Hoque, E., Wu, J., Lewis, G., Crocitto, D. Zirnstein, M. & Yang, F. (April, 2006). The analysis of associations in multimodal conversations. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Student Research Forum. Memphis, Tennessee. Zirnstein, M. (February, 2006). Does route difficulty affect comprehension and accuracy in the Map Task Corpus? Presentation at the Mid-South Psychology Conference. Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee. Lewis, G., Zirnstein, M., & Crocitto, D. (October, 2005). Are pictures worth an infinite number of words? Paper presented at the Works in Progress Symposium. University of Memphis, Tennessee.
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